Sound Lab Project
Most people would agree that the arts and culture is the lifeblood of society. How then can technology, perceived by most as very far removed from arts and culture, contribute towards education in music? Khanya's Sound Lab Project is the possible answer to this.
The Soundhouse concept was founded in Australia and their South African counterpart, The Soundhouse at the Baxter, currently focuses on music appreciation and various classes to this effect are offered. With their help and expertise Khanya wants to take this a step further and make use of the technology to improve the delivery of music curriculum. Khanya worked closely with the Curriculum Department and specific outcomes and appropriate software applications have been identified. Another key partner in this endeavour is Paul Bothner Music, who has assisted us with training and technical expertise.
Two schools, Bridgeville Primary and Belhar Secondary, form part of this Project. The model followed at these schools consists of computers with appropriate software, linked to a musical keyboard. A recording facility was added to enable learners to record live instruments and voice-overs and print a demo CD. This enables learners to compose and record music while learning the intricacies of sound and video technology. Through the use of revolutionary software, even learners with limited musical knowledge can start composing right away.
Not only does this technology ensure tangible curriculum outcomes, it also creates a better overall understanding of the role and place of music in the arts.